Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reduction in Pregnancy? What?

I've struggled with whether to put this article link on intelligentwomenonly.com, but decided to do it after a couple of weeks of pushing and puling the topic around in my head. It's one of the most disturbing articles I've read — won't evaporate from my mind.

"The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy" is the title of the NYTimes Magazine article, August 14th, 2011. The topic theoretically is the old and new medical practice of "reduction of pregnancy" or in the article's lingo, a procedure similar to half of an abortion. The new practice, reducing a pregnancy with twins to a pregnancy of a single child, has been an old practice (I didn't know this information previously) with larger multiple births; reducing triplets to twins, sextuplets to quintuplets and so on.

The concurrent topic is women's right to choose. That's what has caused my cognitive dissonance and distress.

• Multiple births most often occur when women have chosen fertility treatment/procedures. They know this when they start the process.
• When they get pregnant they can choose, not with all MDs of course, not easily of course, to reduce the number of infants in their uterus to whatever number they think will work best for them and their families.
• They can choose which infant to keep or they can choose to have the doctor make the selection(s) for reduction.
• The reduction procedure usually occurs at about 12 weeks of gestation.

Do I think women have the right to choose? I do.

Do I think women should have the right to choose fertility treatments which may well produce multiple viable embryos and then choose to eliminate some of these 12 week old embryos? No, I don't. I'm horrified.

What do you think?  Here's the link:

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